S280214 BAD WEATHER AFFECTS MAHARI
By Alex Munme
CONTINIOUS rain and strong winds have caused substantial damage to villages and roads in the Mahari Constituency on Mainland Bougainville.
Former Council of Elders Chairman, Herman Siriva reported the disaster today in Buka.
Mr. Siriva said both trees and coconuts fell on houses and families almost got killed in a village.
He said roads and bridges got washed away and land transport has come to a standstill at this point in time.
He said current bad weather also caused rough seas and boat owners are picking passengers out at sea. Passengers desperate to travel despite the bad weather have to swim off the coast to get on passenger boats which is very risky, he said.
Mr. Siriva is appealing to all land and sea transport owners to wait till the bad weather situation has improved.
He is also appealing to the National Disaster Office to go in and assess the situation.
Meanwhile, Buka is hit by rain and very strong winds tonight and some houses could loose their roofs tonight.
The speed could be up to 60 km an Hour;